19-year-old losing his vision says dancing is reshaping his life


LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- If you’re ever downtown and at River Market, you may have seen this young man, performing on the street- most don’t know by looking at him that he is losing his vision, and he says dancing has saved him.

Nineteen-year-old Zane Lovelady is making a name for himself, doing what he loves, pop and free-style dancing, on his own and with a group of other dancers.

“The reason I got into dancing is I just didn’t have the vision to play sports anymore,” he said. “I have a progressive eye disorder that causes me to lose my vision and it just got to a point when I was in eight or ninth grade, that I just couldn’t see well enough to compete anymore. And it destroyed me.”

“That’s what I did outside of school- that was my release. I really enjoyed it and I just needed something and I found dancing and I fell in love with it- I mean, in a kind of way… it shaped my life. I couldn’t imaging breathing without it at this point.”

When he’s not dancing his heart out, he’s selling fragrances, which he says is not a bad gig, because he gets to flirt with girls all day.

Check him out this Saturday, at a dance competition at West Central Sports Complex, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., and later from 9 p.m. until midnight, at the pavilion, where he’ll be performing wit his crew. The dance battle will be a family-friendly event.

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